August 16th 2017

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Muthama calms waters ahead of key Kamba meeting, declares loyalty to Kalonzo

Mr Muthama, who was speaking at his home in Tala where he met with business people drawn from Lower Eastern, said that he holds a life membership at the Wiper party. "I am still a life member of the Wiper party and I want to say that there is no problem between me and Kalonzo," he said.

By Oscar NdundaThursday, 18 May 2017 19:15 EAT

Mr Muthama (in hat) with matatu owners at his home in Tala. (Photo: Oscar Ndunda/Kenya Free Press).

Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama has insisted that he is still a member of the Wiper party and dismissed claims that there is a bad blood between him and party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

In a move aimed at calming the waters in the NASA coalition where he is increasingly seen as allied to presidential candidate Raila Odinga rather than his party leader Musyoka, Mr Muthama said the reported differences between him and Mr Musyoka had been blown out of proportion by the colaition's detractors.

Mr Musyoka will tomorrow host key Kamba leaders from the three Lower Eastern counties and beyond in a major consultative meeting at the Machakos Golf Club and thereafter address a massive public rally at Mulu Mutisya Gardens in Machakos Town.

The meeting is expected to provide the direction the Kamba community will take in the August 8 general elections. While the region favours NASA, there are several local disputes over Wiper party nominations that have opened some races to independent candidates.

Mr Muthama, who was speaking at his home in Tala where he met with business people drawn from Lower Eastern (Machakos, Makueni and Kitui counties) said that he holds a life membership at the Wiper party. "I am still a life member of the Wiper party and I want to say that there is no problem between me and Kalonzo," he said.

The legislator lashed out at National Assembly leader Aden Duale for saying that the Kamba community and Kalonzo Musyoka are the loosers in NASA where he termed Duale as a "parrot needing mental check up. The other day Duale claimed the Kamba community and Kalonzo are looser in NASA, he should focus on Jubilee affairs and not NASA".

The businesspeople, many of whom were drawn from the matatu sector, had approached the senator to air their grievance over alleged harassment by rival Saccos whom they say have blocked them picking up passengers in Nairobi. Mr Muthama promised the matatu owners that he would engage Nairobi governor Evans Kidero over the matter and blamed the Machakos county government for laxity to resolve the issue.

The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press





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